Millions of Americans are still waiting for the payment of $1,200 that the government agreed as part of the economic stimulus for the coronavirus.
By Miami Diario Newsroom
The first payments were sent over a week ago by direct deposit. Others are being mailed to taxpayer residences. It is possible that retirees and other social security recipients receive it with the rest of their benefits in early May.
Un ProPublica report says thousands of people haven't gotten paid even though records show they should have in the first wave of direct deposits. The reason for the delay is that they are low-income people.
The outlet says that some 20 million people file their taxes using the services of tax preparers such as H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, TurboTax, among others. These services are very popular with low-income people because they offer options to pay for services without the customer having to pay any fees.
What happens is that the preparer discounts the amount of his services with the money from the tax refund that corresponds to the client.
The problem is that the IRS has the preparer's bank information and not the taxpayer's. Hundreds of people this week expressed outrage that when they asked for their payment in the Get My Payment tool, they discovered that the money was deposited into an unknown account.
Millions of stimulus payments have been returned to the IRS, which will now have to mail checks to taxpayers in financial need.
spokespersons of H&R Block and TurboTax they blamed the IRS for the mess and delays when contacted by ProPublica.
Source: The Journal
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